Late last night I suddenly realized that I was not prepared to make lunch for myself. I hadn’t been grocery shopping so I didn’t have any lettuce (typically I make salads), and I didn’t want to have to spend a bunch of time cooking something up that would prevent me from getting to bed at a reasonable time.
Then I remembered this. Cacio e Pepe, literally “cheese and pepper.” It was a recipe I had seen a bunch of times in emails I receive from Bon Appetit, and I was pretty sure it would be easy. Granted, I’d never actually LOOKED at the recipe. But I figured I could guess and that would be close enough. And so that’s what I did!
The end result was surprisingly delicious for a bunch of random things that I threw together at the last minute, and it was satisfactorily easy to get me into bed on time. Perfect!
Specifically, homemade raspberry white cheddar mac and cheese in a homemade wheat pretzel bowl. And yes, it was as delicious as it sounds.
Make no mistake, there was nothing low cal about this dinner, but it was reasonably healthy and incredibly yummy, so absolutely worth every last calorie it took. I used whole wheat pasta, made whole wheat bread bowls, and chose recipes for both that used as little butter and oil as possible, so I made it as healthy as I could; there’s just a limit to how few calories you can use with these things, and that limit is relatively high.
So I was craving some alfredo sauce this evening, but unfortunately, the problem with alfredo is that it generally has a lot of calories since it’s based in heavy cream, butter, and cheese – all very fatty things. Also I didn’t have any. So, to solve this problem, I decided to take a crack at making my own.
I know, it doesn’t look very appetizing, but bare with me for a moment cause it was actually pretty good. If it helps, it looks much better this way:
This was, without question, the coolest food I have ever made. Ladies and gentleman, I present to you, the pasta pie.
I found the recipe for this masterpiece here, but I personally don’t believe the author of that blog is even close to excited enough about her creation. This thing was awesome. I don’t even normally eat ground beef, and I ate it anyway for this because it’s just so cool that I had to make it.
So for starters, I expected this to be difficult. Really difficult. “Just think how long it will take to arrange all the rigatoni!” I thought. And, to be completely honest, it did take me about 3 hours and 45 minutes from start to finish. BUT it was worth it. And I’m a slow cook. And I probably should have followed the directions cause I could have easily cut out at least an hour or so.